Running Mouths with No Legs

September 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

I wanted to share a post from my personal blog I wrote a few weeks back. I ran across it today and thought it was appropriate for what Cam and I are trying to do here.

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I grew up in Fresno. I have family here, I’ve made life-long friends here and Fresno will always be home to me no matter where the road takes us. Growing up, I didn’t hate Fresno, but I didn’t love it. Occasionally when we would come home from an annual beach trip I’d wonder why Fresno was so hot and there wasn’t a Boardwalk here. But obviously, as I grew older I got the idea. Fresno wasn’t a place to be if you want to have cool weather in the summer and do fun things year round. And I started to notice everything wrong with this town (or so I thought). In high school I had dreams to go away to college or live by the beach. As college was fast approaching I didn’t have plans to go anywhere except good ol’ Fresno City College. I had many friends that went away to great cities for school and when they’d come back over Christmas break we’d talk about how cool and different their new environment was and how Fresno is so behind the times. Hearing all these things about Fresno and how “uncool” it apparently is, I thought…”hey this place is stupid! I gotta get outta here!”

That was the attitude I had for years. I just kept thinking, alright…once I make some money or finish school I’m bookin’ it.

But I stayed. Not necessarily because I really wanted to stay, but there wasn’t anything really pushing me away. And in that time I met my husband, got married, started a business in Fresno and the rest is history.

Now, I didn’t really want to write a blog about my history here in Fresno, but I thought it’d be important to know before I say what I really want to say. And please, hear me out.

Fresno is not a bad city. In fact, it’s a really great place. I’ve really grown to appreciate Fresno. There is nothing wrong with the talent here in Fresno. There is nothing wrong with the size of Fresno. There is nothing wrong with our resources here.

But there is something wrong with recognition. There is something wrong with people that leave Fresno so they can “make something of themselves” because they think Fresno will never go anywhere. There is something wrong when people complain and complain and complain about this city before they invest any time supporting it. There’s great talent here. There are really, really cool things going on in Fresno, but we need more people to support it.

Are you one of those people who rags on Fresno for not producing good talent, but then fails to support the arts community? The downtown revitalization project? The local farmers? The local restaurants? Because if you’re that person then we don’t want you here. Your negative attitude is the reason Fresno can’t ever catch a break. We need more people helping and less people complaining.

I get it. Fresno’s hot in the summer. I hate the heat. I get it…if you don’t know what’s going on during a Friday night and you don’t know where to look it’s easy to complain, but my hope is that you’ll start becoming more aware and progressive individually to build up this city instead of tear it down.

My biggest frustration is when people run their mouths about something they know nothing about. Get out there and check out what Fresno has to offer, we may not be L.A. or San Fran, but we’ve got some great things cooking. Support the movement.

***I Heart Fresno is here to help you***

❤ Dominique

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